any of various varnishes, paints, coatings, etc., drying to a hard, glossy finish.
any enamellike surface with a bright luster.
an artistic work executed in enamel.
Dentistry. the hard, glossy, calcareous covering of the crown of a tooth, containing only a slight amount of organic substance.
verb (used with object), enameled, enameling or (especially British) enamelled, enamelling.
to inlay or overlay with enamel.
to form an enamellike surface upon:
to enamel cardboard.
to decorate as with enamel; variegate with colors.
1275-1325;Middle Englishenamelen < Anglo-Frenchenameler, enamailler, equivalent to en-en-1 + -amaler, derivative of asmal, esmal enamel, Old Frenchesmail (-al taken as the suffix -ail) < Old Low Franconian*smalt- something melted, cognate with GermanSchmalz fat; akin to smelt1; cf. smalto
early 14c., from Anglo-French enamailler (early 14c.), from en- "in" (see en- (1)) + amailler "to enamel," variant of Old French esmailler, from esmal "enamel," from Frankish *smalt, from Proto-Germanic *smaltjan "to smelt" (see smelt (v.)). Related: Enameled; enameling.